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- For regular soldiers, see Soldier.
The four Links face down a horde of Soldiers
|Game(s)||A Link to the Past|
Four Swords Adventures
|Non-canon Appearances||The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Comic)|
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Himekawa)
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (Manga)
|Attacks(s)||Dagger, Sword, Spear, Javelin, Bomb|
Soldiers, also sometimes known as Troopers, recurring enemies in the Zelda series. They are guards and knights of Hyrule that have been corrupted by the powers of darkness. They are either controlled by dark magic, or are merely empty suits of armor animated by evil forces. They wield a variety of weapons, and are similar to Darknuts. They first appeared in A Link to the Past.
Soldiers resemble normal Hyrulean Guards, but their face (if they still have one) is always obscured by their distinctive helmets that give no indication of what sort of man lies beneath. The only thing visible from under their armor are two glowing eyes. They wield a variety of weapons, and their armor has subtle variations between each type of Soldier. Usually the color of the armor denotes their defensive strength, the green variety being the most common. Most soldiers wield a shield along with their main weapon. Unlike Darknuts, they are often defensively weak, and protect their front with their sword or spear instead of their shield. They make up for this weakness by usually attacking in large squads. In A Link to the Past and Four Swords Adventures, Soldiers are controlled by Agahnim and Vaati respectively.
Varieties of Soldier
SoldierDarknut from The Legend of Zelda. They will not react to sound, but will merely patrol around the interior of Hyrule Castle. In A Link to the Past, they weild a small dagger-like blade and will charge directly at Link when they see him, but will not react if he moves. They are notable for wearing capes, unlike other soldiers.
In Four Swords Adventures, they behave like Sword Soldiers, but are considerably weaker. They usually appear in very large packs, often following a Chief Soldier. They come in Blue, Green and Red varieties in this game, with Red being the stronger. Green varieties only appear in dungeons, and are the same strength as the normal blue types.
Sword SoldierAssault variety. The blue assault type appears only in Hyrule Castle Tower, wear differently shaped armor, and hold their blades above their heads, attacking immediately as soon as Link enters a room.
In Four Swords Adventures, they come in Green and Grey varieties and behave largely the same as they did in A Link to the Past. The grey ones are the strongest type of basic soldier in the game.
Spear SoldierInformant Women in Kakariko Village assume Link to be a villain and call for guards. The music will change, and these Soldiers will hound Link across town relentlessly until defeated. They are otherwise like normal Sword Soldiers, but can cause twice as much damage with their spears. There are three other types, the Assault variety being the most common. These wear red armor, can take many hits, and appear in Hyrule Castle Tower and commonly around the Overworld once Agahnim has been defeated for the first time. The Javelin variety have red horned armor, and are commonly found around the Cemetery and Hyrule Castle prior to Agahnim's defeat. Instead of charging at him, they will throw their spears when they see Link. Finally, the 草むら (Kusamura) (Tussock) type are essentially the same as the javelin soldiers, but wear normal red armor and hide in the tall grass around Hyrule Castle, throwing their spears at Link when he comes near.
In Four Swords Adventure, if Link cuts the grass around the soldier, they will be unable to hide again and become a regular Bow Soldier, but in A Link to the Past, they will remain in the grass no matter what happens.
BomberBombs at intruders. They do not move, so if Link can get close, they can be defeated quite easily. It is also sometimes possible to throw the bombs back at them to cause damage. In Four Swords Adventures, there is the normal Blue variety and a stronger Green Bomber that appears in the Realm of the Heavens.
In Link's Awakening, there is an enemy known as a Mad Bomber. It will appear from holes within the Kanalet Castle grounds and throw bombs at Link, chosing a hole at random each time. It can take a number of hits to defeat, but it needs to be defeated to get one of the Golden Leaves.
Ball & Chain Soldier
- Main article: Ball & Chain Soldier
The Ball and Chain Soldier, also known as a Ball & Chain Trooper is one of the strongest types of Soldier, and often appears independently as a Mini-Boss in certain games.
- Main article: Chief Soldier
The Chief Soldier is a powerful enemy in Four Swords Adventures who usually appears commanding a number of regular soldiers. It is considerably larger than most soldiers, and commonly appears as a Mini-Boss.
Gold SoldierA Link to the Past are not enemies, and are instead the soldiers of Hyrule that have not yet been taken over by Agahnim's magic. They wield no visible weapons, but one of them states that he has a sword in the GBA version, and carry huge shields. They are generally friendly despite their imposing armor, and will offer advice to Link if he speaks to them. One Soldier within the castle walls speaks about how it is only a matter of time before he too would become like those consumed by Agahnim's powers.
Gold Soldiers also appear in Four Swords Adventures. They will occassionally appear following the orders of a Chief Soldier, performing drills. If Link interrupts the drill, they will turn into a normal Blue or Red Soldier.
- Main article: Cannon Soldier
Cannon Soldiers are Beta enemies that did not appear in the final version of A Link to the Past.
Relation to Darknuts
While many enemies from the original The Legend of Zelda returned in A Link to the Past, Darknuts did not, instead the Soldiers took on this role. For all intents and purposes, they are extremely similar to Darknuts, but are more varied and are generally weaker, having a focus on numbers rather than overwhelming strength. The Darknuts of Link's Awakening, Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons were originally referred to simply as Soldiers in English guides and have extremely similar behavior to the Soldiers of A Link to the Past, while the Soldiers of Four Swords Adventures are briefly referred to as Darknuts in the Official Nintendo Player's Guide for the game.
- In the Japanese version of A Link to the Past, blue Spear Soldiers are shown in the introduction alongside Agahnim, but they do not appear during game play. In the international release of the game, they were replaced with blue Sword Soldiers, but in the Game Boy Advance version of the game they appear with spears in both Japanese and international releases.
- It is possible to knock a Spear or Bow Soldier hiding in the tall grass of A Link to the Past onto land that has no grass using certain weapons, although his behavior will not change.
- If a Chief Soldier is defeated while normal soldiers remain, they will either simply be destroyed, or they will run wild with no orders, and eventually explode.
- The appearance of a Soldier's helmet seems largely inspired by the head design of a typical Gundam mobile suit.
A blue Sword Soldier in A Link to the Past
A blue Soldier in Four Swords Adventures
A Spear Soldier from the Zelda Barcode Battler
A Soldier in the A Link to the Past manga
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||兵士, 剣兵士, 槍兵士, 弓兵士, 爆弾兵|
|German||Wache, Wachen, Stadtwachen, Wachen von Hyrule|